A retired Navy Captain, Kathleen is the former Acting Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs for the Commonwealth of Virginia where she worked to coordinate state and federal resources to support Virginia's veteran community and liaison with federal defense facilities.
Kathleen graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science in English with minors in Russian and Engineering. She completed six years of active duty, then transferred to the Navy Reserve, where she commanded three units before retiring in 2017. Kathleen has more than 30 years of government, military, and academic leadership and communications experience, including assignments with NATO's Allied Command Transformation, US Fleet Forces Command, the Joint Staff, and National Defense University.
A published author, she holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from George Mason University and is a graduate of the Hampton Roads CIVIC Leadership Institute Executive Program, the Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Executive Institute, and the Naval Post-Graduate School (NPS) Executive Leader Residence Course.